Though people come to Brickhouse Cardio Club - Manassas for the heart-pumping workouts, they stay for the irresistible international rhythms. Zumba tends to have that effect, ensnaring exercisers with its Latin choreography and dance-party vibe. The floors at the Manassas club pulse with 14 Zumba sessions every week, with classes for those just learning the steps and for those hoping to focus their steps to increase muscle tone or accommodate mobility needs. Owner Kenni Powell supplements these Zumba sessions with exercise classes that combine her love of dance with proven methods of muscle toning. Her staff teaches everything from the acrobatic moves of capoeira, a Brazilian martial-arts dance, to the Japanese-inspired circuit training of Tabata Abz, helping clients find fun alternative ways of getting fit without picking fights with a cheetah. Brickhouse Cardio Club also offers classes such as Tabata Abz and Les Mills programs such as Bodypump and Bodycombat.
Since its inception, Brickhouse has blossomed into a franchise, expanding into 25 locations, including some in the United Kingdom, where it hopes to supplant aerobic chimney sweeping. No matter the location, each club hosts its signature workouts in pared-down studios that feature the franchise?s familiar electric-blue and neon-green walls surrounding a stage.
In 2011, Von Brianna achieved one of the highest honors possible for a pole-fitness competitor: the title of Miss Georgia Pole Champion at the Southern Regional Pole Fitness Competition. But she didn't let the honor go to her head. To the contrary, her win inspired Von to take pole-dancing fitness to the masses––including people who had probably never stepped up to the pole unless they volunteered with the fire department. So a year later, she founded Doll House Pole Fitness with the goal of making pole-dancing a normal part of every woman's fitness regime.
She and her instructors ease new students into pole-dancing through introductory classes. These 50-minute sessions teach foundational pole, chair, and floor work. Once pupils have conquered that class, they're free to move on to other beginner, intermediate, and advanced classes and start spinning around lamp posts on the street. Or they can try an aerial fitness class, during which yoga or strength moves are performed with the support of a hanging fabric sling.
Anytime Fitness, which boasts 1,689 clubs in North America, makes it easier for average folks to etch out time for exercise by doing one simple thing: staying open 24 hours a day for 365 days a year. As fitness seekers challenge themselves on cardio and Hammer Strength machines and hoist Iron Grip free weights in clean, well-stocked facilities, security monitoring ensures they’re safe and producing enough sweat to meet official government standards. Members can also ramp up their exercise regimens with the help of Anytime Fitness’s staff of personal trainers, who demonstrate moves and sling motivating tips. After workouts, guests can shower in the private restrooms or bop into one of the tanning booths available 24 hours a day.
At Regenesis Heath and Fitness, trainers believe in challenging the mind just as much as the muscles. Through group classes, boot camps, and personal-training sessions, instructors challenge participants' strength and endurance while improving their self-esteem and confidence. Owners and head trainers Anya and Sherry sculpt sinews using nontraditional equipment; they favor workouts that employ TRX suspension ropes, sandbags, and water-filled implements.